Life Lately

A little catch up...

As I'm sure many of you know, this time last year we were living in Mallorca, Spain and we made the decision that we'd come to the point where we wanted to put down some roots. We considered staying and buying in Mallorca but even though there are lots of amazing pros for living in Mallorca we decided we'd got everything we wanted from our almost four year stint of being an expat. And besides, we're totally planning on moving to Spain again after we have children and they are all grown (if Brexit allows this ha)

So after Tom found a job through a university friend, we decided to start the next stage of our life in a whole new city, Leeds. Well when I say Leeds I mean a town south of Leeds and north of Wakefield. I've never really fancied city living, rather somewhere close enough to go in and out of the city as I please. So it's been 7 months since we moved back from Spain and it's been almost 6 weeks since we moved into our new home.

To the present day...

This is our first owned home and we've dived straight in with the renovations. First job was a completely new kitchen which is all done apart from the walls. I'm midway through painting the front room and our main bedroom but there is still a whole load of painting to be done. So I guess that is my excuse at the moment for my lack of blogging. Whenever I feel productive in my spare time, I've been getting round to doing something to the house. Midway through decorating you start to think you wish you'd paid extra for a brand new build rather than something that is a bit of a project! However, I'm glad we went for an old build (about 100 years old..) because we are adding value so are likely to get a better return when/if we sell and the 'after' is so worth it. I'm sure pictures will come as soon as any of the rooms are completed.

However it's not just all the DIY, you have to have a bit of an adjustment period when it comes to a big move. From getting used to a new place to finding a new routine to taking the steps towards finding new work (I've mentioned previously that I want to move away from freelance writing now I'm back in England.) So I've been trying to give myself a break to avoid piling too much on my plate straight away. Big life changes can be stressful enough without loading your shoulders up with a tonne of pressure.

Reflecting on this year so far... 

2017 is half way through and what a year it's been so far. From my granfer's funeral and my nan falling ill shortly after, to her path to recovery and the safe arrival of our nephew. From buying our first home and moving to a new city, to seeing more of old friends and feeling in closer proximity to family. From the hundreds of children rescued from underage human trafficking (over 1500 arrests have been made this year in America so far compared to the average of 400-500 per year  - thanks Ashton Kutcher), to the many children who have tragically lost their lives due to terrorist acts all over the world. From suffering to joy, from new to old. Life in its entirity.

“There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometime lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” Richard Attenborough


Charlotte xx


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